A favourite plaque in our house catches my attention many times in a week and puts my pace of life in perspective.

“Let us be silent that we might hear the whisper of God”.

What is the whisper of God, and how can we hear it? The whisper of God is just that. His whisper, His quiet voice. His personalised voice. His intimate voice.

Throughout scripture we have moments where God choses to come in a whisper. Possibly the most well known and profound example of this is in 1 Kings 19:12 when Elijah looked for God in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire. It was only when he actually heard God in a whisper that he responded to His voice and came out of the cave to listen to what God had to say to him. How kind of God. How beautifully intimate and tender and caring.

David the psalmist cultivated hearing God’s voice in his early days as a shepherd boy. After first hearing God’s voice in a whisper he grew to hear God’s voice everywhere. How beautifully he describes God’s voice as ‘the most gentle whisper’! “ I hear this most gentle whisper from One I never guessed would speak to me.“ ( Psalm 81:5 the Message)

Hearing God’s whisper is for all of us.

It’s hard to hear a whisper amidst a lot of noise. It’s hard to hear and focus on a whisper when our minds are full of rushing thoughts and a ‘to do’ list. To hear a whisper we must be still and we must still ourselves. We must position ourselves close to the source of the whisper or we will miss it.

God reminds us today that his heart is to invite us all to a deeper relationship and intimacy with him in the gentlest of whispers.

“ Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

Make time for the quiet place, the unhurried pace…and delight in what the Lord would whisper for your ears only as you sit enjoying His presence.


D MacNeil

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